pha4msu management of substance use




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The role of the healthcare professional in the harm minimisation space is ever-expanding. You will build on skills learned in Introduction to Substance Use and learn to apply these skills in a practical way in their everyday practice. As well as online activities, you will be required to attend a one-day workshop and an experiential placement to complete this subject.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPene Wood

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in SCAMB

Co-requisites PHA4ISU

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions To ensure knowledge is optimal students are advised to take PHA4MSU as one of the final subjects in this degree. Students must hold a current registration with AHPRA, have a current Police Check and Working with Children Check, Hand Hygiene Certificate, associated immunization requirements, signed consent and placement guidelines before attending placement. Need to complete a minimum of 6 hours clinical placement.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
MediaHealthPathwaysRecommendedPrimary Health NetworksStreamliners New Zealand

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate the role of healthcare professionals in maintaining the health of patients with dependence and understand the objectives, legal requirements, ethical considerations and other key aspects of treatment

Online modules, MCQs, Placement, workshops

02. Consolidate an understanding about evidence based patient centred-care and the strategies employed to ensure appropriate diagnosis, treatment and referral.

Online modules, workshops, MCQs, placement

03. Develop a business strategy to successfully implement medication assisted treatment of opioid dependence into the practice of a pharmacist

Online modules, business plan

04. Evaluate the collaborative role the health professional can play in the multidisciplinary treatment team of a patient being managed for substance dependence working with other professionals and the broader alcohol and other drugs service sector.

Online modules, MCQs, placement

05. Analyse the influences on the patient consultation process and therapeutic relationship and how it may influence a patient#s behaviour and the clinician#s decision-making in relation to the given situation.

Workshop activities, online modules.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPene Wood

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
Thirty six 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Online lectures/modules"

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 31 - 43
One 6.0 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"In-clinic placement. To be organised by student and facilitated / approved by LTU"

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
Two 6.0 hours workshop per study period on weekends during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshops will be delivered as a weekend intensive once per semester."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Placement portfolio (1000 words equivalent)Portfolio of evidence of placement activities1501, 02, 04
Business plan analysis (1000 words equivalent)Case analysis of pharmacist role in medication assisted treatment of opioid dependence1503
MCQs (1000 words equivalent)One hour multiple choice quiz with mix multiple choice questions in the form of complex case scenarios, categorize, video questions2001, 02, 04
Case study oral presentation (2000 words equivalent)20 minute oral case study delivered via Zoom2502, 04, 05
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (2000 words equivalent)2501, 02, 04, 05